Friday, July 10, 2015


Above the dangerously cracked lintel a datestone proclaimed Workman's Institute 1879.

I was charmed by the full-stop after the date.  It somehow encapsulated an earnest desire to do the correct thing, combined with a lack of polished education that would know a full-stop was not usual.  I tried to  imagine what took place at this Institute - the long hours of self-improving study by exhausted workers anxious to get on.

Boarded up and soon to be pulled down.

Not enough is being done to protect Victorian industrial buildings (especially warehouses - indeed, especially warehouses in east of England ports).

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